With Antiques for Everyone coming up this month at the NEC, Birmingham, from 21st–24th July 2016, we take a look at some of the highlights visitors can expect to find.
An Art Deco bronze and ivory figure (left) of a seductive dancer with her hands raised above her hear in a stretched pose with very finely hand carved detail creating fabulous movement and good colour, signed Cl J R Colinet. Exhibited by Hickmet Fine Art, dated to the 1930s, made from bronze and Ivory. Price : £11,500.
This well-detailed portrait (left) by Joseph Pastorini, circa 1810, which depicts a rather dandified gentleman with raised eyebrows and a supercilious smile. He is shown in a powdered bag wig worn en queue and tied with black ribbon and is wearing a double-breasted blue coat with gold buttons over a very fine lace cravat. Set in the original gold frame, the reverse with a glazed aperture revealed woven brown hair. Joseph Pastorini was of Italian descent. He worked in London and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1812 and 1834. Price: £875. From Wigs on the Green from Yorkshire, specialists in miniature paintings and silhouettes.
A tall, early vase (right) from the Minton factory, very rare with cat head handles. Decorated with the coloured lead glazes first introduced as ‘Palissy ware’ at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Ochre glaze ground and rim. Grape vine in green. Ribbon in blue. Brown handles. Pink interior. Maker’s marks include an impressed ‘MINTON’ and the Minton factory specific date cipher for the year 1857. The name ‘Palissy ware’ was soon forgotten, the public preferring ‘majolica’ as a name for the whimsical vibrant lead-glaze pottery that had by 1880 become a world-wide decorative and commercial sensation. 28-inches tall. £5595.00. To be shown by Madelena Ltd from Essex.
One from a rare pair of original Boris Tabacoff designed “Sphere” chairs (left) manufactured by Mobilier Modulaire Moderne, France in 1970. They have the original seat cushions and are in excellent condition. £2,500.00 for the pair. To be shown by Scandinavian by Design from Wiltshire.
A fabulous set of 12 Art Deco Norwegian silver gilt and enamel spoons (right), circa 1820, made by David Anderson. Each spoon features guilloche enamel in a vibrant colour. The tip of the handles is shaped like a little stylised flower. The box itself and each spoon is marked David Andersen. £1,250. From John Bull Antiques, London, silver specialists.
An exceptional Dutch Delft ‘Gu’ shaped vase (left), c. 1700. The vase finely painted in Chinese Transitional style, with scenes of Courtesans making offerings to the Emperor. The central boss, decorated with a continuous band of flowering plants and rockwork. De Drie Posteleyne Astonne, Pieter Gerritsz mark to the base. Similar examples in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Height: 47 cm. £3,950. From Philip Carrol Antiques from Gargrave, North Yorkshire.
A rare Staffordshire Pratt ware pottery sponge (right) decorated in brown and yellow with a milk maid on a stool, circa 1810. From Roger de Ville, specialist in early English pottery.